Ed Bok Lee is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Mitochondrial Night (Coffee House Press, 2019). Lee is the son of North and South Korean emigrants—his mother originally a refugee from what is now North Korea; his father was raised during the Japanese colonial period and Korean War in what is now South Korea. He grew up in South Korea, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and was educated there and later on both U.S. coasts, Russia, South Korea, and Kazakhstan.
Honors include an American Book Award, a Minnesota Book Award, an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice), and a PEN/Open Book Award. He has presented his work widely in several countries, teaches at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, and also works as an artist, a translator, and for two decades has taught in numerous programs for youth and the incarcerated.